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Henry Toben needs the sky like his ancestors needed the sea. He works as a certified master boilerman aboard a luxury airship, taking wealthy folks from Kansas City to San Francisco, until the day his ship crosses the path of Captain Meriwether Volentine and he is taken aboard as the Captain's personal prisoner.

Henry discovers that he needs his new lover as much as he need...more
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Published October 7th 2010 by Pink Petal Books (first published July 6th 2010)
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Jenre
Set in a fantasy USA around what seems to be the Victorian age, this steampunk novella had a lot going for it in terms of setting and the initial premise to the story. I have to admit, I have a fondness for captor/captured pairings, so I was looking forward to seeing how the author would develop the romance whilst also keeping the setting fresh.

Henry is a boilerman on one of the dirigible ships which carry the wealthy from one side of the USA to the other. Whilst flying over the Deseret Lands, t...more
Elisa Ramblings
Steampunk is a popular genre in fantasy and I have to say that the cover artist did a fantastic job with this cover, enticing but also subtlety sexy. If I have to be sincere, I’m not a big fan of fantasy in general, but this particular subgenre, Victorian/futuristic setting, appeals to me; most of the time, like in this case, the author introduces some fantastic element (in this case an airship) maintaining the historical accuracy. Aside from flying instead of sailing, our heroes don’t have anyt...more
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When I checked out the gay steampunk stories list, this book looked and sounded like it would have more steampunk elements and less erotica in it. Not that I have anything against erotica, but I want more than the token gear and corsets most writers think constitutes steampunk stories, dammit!

It has more erotica than steampunk, yes. Although there are dirigibles, knife fighting, and clothes enough to have made me happy. It's cute, I guess. The sex scenes are hot enough--and realistic enough, giv...more
Joan
Competent writing. Not much plot, but interesting world-building. The characters were also interesting, but I would've liked to see them better fleshed out. Henry's motivations are not believable, and Volentine remains fairly one-dimensional. This would've been three stars, but I'm deducting a star for the abrupt and ridiculous ending.
Staceyr
2.5 Did not like. Great writing, but the story didn't work for me. Too dark and unpleasant for my tastes.
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